Expendables 4 Debuts Weak, Trailing ‘Nun II’ at Box Office

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Expendables 4 Debuts Weak, Trailing ‘Nun II’ at Box Office

In what can be described as the most challenging weekend for movie ticket sales this year, Expendables 4 kicked off its theatrical journey with a disappointing $8.3 million in box office earnings during its opening weekend. This marks the weakest opening for a movie in the Jason Statham-led Expendables franchise. Its performance was narrowly overshadowed by the continued dominance of ‘The Nun II’ at the September box office.

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Expendables 4 Debuts Weak, Trailing 'Nun II' at Box Office

Expendables 4, produced by Lionsgate and Millennium and financed by Millennium, graced screens in 3,400 theaters across the nation. Initial estimates had pegged the movie to rake in approximately $15 million, but it ultimately fell short of this projection.

This installment in the franchise marks its return after nearly a decade, following the release of ‘The Expendables 3’ in 2014, which debuted with $15.8 million and eventually grossed a whopping $214 million globally. To put it in perspective, the first film in the franchise opened with $35 million, and the 2014 sequel started with $28 million. Altogether, the first three Expendables movies have collectively amassed a remarkable $800 million in worldwide box office revenue.

The movie reunites iconic action stars Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, along with fan-favorite alumni Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture. The official synopsis for the film reads: “The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give ‘new blood’ a whole new meaning.” The film also introduces fresh faces to the series, including Megan Fox, 50 Cent, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, and Levy Tran, alongside Andy Garcia.

Box Office Struggles: ‘Expendables 4’ vs. ‘Nun II’

However, surpassing Expendables 4 in the box office rankings is the enduring success of New Line/Warner’s ‘The Nun II,’ which, in its third weekend, managed to add an estimated $8.4 million to its domestic earnings, totaling nearly $70 million. Globally, the movie is on track to cross the $200 million mark, boasting an international gross of $20.8 million.

Other notable films in the box office race include Disney’s ‘A Haunting in Venice.’ The latest addition to Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie-inspired cinematic series has accumulated $25 million after its second weekend in theaters, bringing in $6.3 million in the process. Worldwide, the film has generated $71 million.

Equalizer 3 box office collection

Taking the fourth position is Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 3,’ which secured $4.7 million, pushing its domestic box office total past $80 million. ‘Barbie’ rounded out the top five, amassing $3.2 million in its tenth week of release. The Greta Gerwig-directed feature has now achieved a global gross of $1.41 billion, with $630 million attributed to the domestic box office.

In another part of the cinematic landscape, Sony continued its rollout of ‘Dumb Money’ with a limited release, expanding from eight theaters to 616 locations, with a projected two-weekend total of $2.8 million.

The R-rated comedy-drama, directed by ‘I, Tonya’ filmmaker Craig Gillespie, delves into the GameStop stock market saga that captivated news cycles during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring numerous Hollywood projects. The ensemble cast features Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Shailene Woodley, and Pete Davidson.

While the domestic box office has weathered weeks of lackluster performance, the anticipation for fall’s prestigious awards films and the highly awaited Taylor Swift Eras concert film continues to grow. Nonetheless, Hollywood’s primary focus this weekend lies elsewhere, as all eyes remain fixed on the ongoing negotiations between the AMPTP and WGA to conclude a historic strike that has persisted for 145 days. Studio insiders have indicated that the AMPTP has presented its “best and final” offer in these crucial talks.

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